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Backstory: A holiday fantasy tourists can touch
The house from 'A Christmas Story' - leg lamp and all - is open to the public and rejuvenating a Cleveland neighborhood.

CLEVELAND One recent Saturday morning in South Tremont, a neighborhood of narrow streets overlooking a steel plant, 11-year-old Drake Przybylski ladles chocolate Ovaltine from an 18-quart roaster into plastic cups...

Copyright: 2006 Christian Science Monitor


December 26,2006
SHRINE OF AMERICANA: The Cleveland house used for the 1983 movie, "A Christmas Story," draws earnest holiday crowds to a neighborhood where houses still sell for under $90,000. SCOTT SHAW/THE PLAIN DEALER/AP

December 26,2006
'A MAJOR AWARD'... A leg lamp like the one the movie dad won in a newspaper contest beacons kitschily to flocks of tourists that are rejuvenating a Cleveland neighborhood. AMY SANCETTA/AP